Academics from the University of Bristol have been awarded a grant from RCVS Knowledge to create a free online teaching and learning resource for evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM).

It is hoped the online resource will increase the opportunities for students and members of the veterinary profession to engage in EBVM.

he project will produce an open access series of online, reusable learning tools presented as a clear web tutorial.

The tutorial will have a number of modules teaching the fundamental concepts of EBVM, such as finding evidence, creating patient questions, evaluating evidence, critically appraising the literature and designing knowledge summaries with clinical bottom lines for clinicians.

Tasks will allow users to apply and test their knowledge, identify appropriate clinical questions and design search strategies to answer those questions.

Kristen Reyher, senior lecturer in farm animal science at the university, is leading the project team.

Dr Reyher said: “This project is the largest RCVS Knowledge award to date. It is a significant step forward and will establish Bristol as a leader in this essential area. Our approach will increase the opportunities for students and members of the profession to engage in this exciting field, and the online resource will offer the flexibility to be reused not only in independent learning, but also in a variety of teaching and learning scenarios across the sector.

“As a global group, we are passionate about being involved in larger, long-term projects to push EBVM further into the consciousness of the profession, and believe this project moves us one step further along in bringing together key stakeholders and creating an excellent online reusable resource.”

The resource will be available as a stand alone tutorial for independent learning and will also have the flexibility for institutions to reuse and repurpose individual parts to meet their own training needs.

It will also be showcased at RCVS Knowledge’s EBVM Skills Day 2015 in London on October 30.

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